Did you know that today is the last day of Dhul Hijjah?
Or that tomorrow is Eid Al Adha? Most of us are on Covid19 lockdown and will propbably not realised these important days in the Islamic calendar.
The Coronavirus has changed so much for us.
In the way we interact, the way we work and the way we worship. There are no Mosques to go to for prayers, no friends to visit or invite for a big delicious Eid feast.
However because of the coronavirus, we need to intesify our worship and seek Allah’s (SWT) protection for us and our loved ones. Dhul Hijah is one of the most sacred months in the Islamic calendar. It is when Muslims go on a pilgrimage (Hajj) to Mecca.
It is good practise to fast today, Thursday 30 July, the day of Arafah (the day before Eid). The Prophet SAW said it counts as expiation for all the sins of the last year and the coming year.
If you haven’t taken advantage of the last ten days of this blessed month by worshipping at night, engaging in spiritual devotion, giving to charity, other acts of worship etc, it’s not too late, you have until tomorrow to gain some last minute good deeds.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Do Dhikr (Zikr)
Recite this as many times as you can.
La ilaha illa Allah.
2. Recite The Prophet’s Dhikr
Subhan-Allah wal-hamdulillah wa la ilaha illa Allah wa Allahu Akbar
Glory be to Allah, all Praise to HIM, there is no God except HIM, HE is the Greatest.
3. Read the Quran – Even if it’s one chapter.
4. Donate to charity – donate food, money or your qurbani to feed families in need. If there are no poor people or families in need in your area, donate to Islamic Relief.
5. Make Dua – For the day of Arafat (Today)
La ilaha ill-Allahu, Wahdahu la shareeka lah
lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamd, wa Huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in Qadeer
Meaning: There is nothing that deserves to be worshipped except Allah,
Alone without partners. To HIM belongs sovereignty and all praise, and HE is Powerful over ALL things.
5. Recite Takbeer on Eid day (tomorrow)
There will be no going to the Mosque for Eid tomorrow and no Imam to lead prayers, so many of us will be praying at home.
The experience can still be like that of the Mosque if you gather your family, pray and recite the takbeer together. Don’t forget to wake up when you would normally have woken up during previous Eids, make good food and wear something nice. Just because you are not going out anywhere doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate.
Important: Don’t forget your face mask and to social distance if you have anyone other than your immediate family joining you for Eid prayers!
Allahu Akbar x3 La illaha il Allahu Akbar x2 Wa lillahil Hamd.
(if you want the full recitation here is one of my favourite – check out brother Mishary’s version below).
Rabbbana atina fid-dunya hasana,wa fil-akhirati hasan, wa quina ‘adhab-annar. Ameen.
Our Lord, grant us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the fire. Ameen.